Light up a Life

Our special annual remembrance services to help memories of loved ones shine on.

Make memories shine on

For over 20 years, our Light up a Life remembrance services have been a meaningful occasion for our community to remember loved ones and help their memories shine on. Each festive season, we invite you to dedicate a light on our hospice tree and gather together for music, readings and reflections. Whether you wish to laugh, cry, be surrounded by people or spend time in quiet, we welcome you to take time to remember however feels right for you.

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Light up a Life 2022

Our online Christmas tree is a place to celebrate the memories of loved ones who have died and we continue to love. We welcome you to dedicate a light to remember someone special if the time is right for you. Simply click on a light to add your personal message and a photograph, if you wish.

"Coming together with other families in a similar position made us feel it was OK to be vulnerable and grieve."

“In the December after Dad died, our family came to Saint Michael’s Light up a Life service. It’s a happy place where we feel comfortable remembering Dad. While our emotions were raw, it was really comforting and such a meaningful experience.”

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Our remembrance services

Our team are working hard to finalise all the details for our very special remembrance services. They will be taking place as follows- please save the date!

- Sunday December 4 (3.30pm)- Ripon Cathedral (together with our family of services including Herriot Hospice Homecare)

- Sunday December 11 (4pm)- Saint Michael’s Crimple House Hospice

Our very special 2021 virtual service is available for you to watch at a time that suits you here.

Click here to download your special homepack with comforting materials to help you take part in the service.

Click here to view our Hear to Help booklet, with tips and signposts to support your emotional wellbeing this Christmas, and throughout the year.

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Need any help?

If you wish to make a dedication in memory of someone special, please contact our caring Supporter Care team on (01423) 878 628 and we will be happy to hear from you.

Share your story

We have heard and seen so many special stories of people we cared for, and those close to them during our Light up a Life services. If you would like to share your story with us to help us illustrate the difference that our care makes, we’d love to hear from you and would be so grateful. Please email